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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
PH: (808) 536-8618/538-7854 TA #486
TOLL FREE PH: 1-888-966-3666

THE FIRST AND THE LAST NOMBIRI KII TOUR WITH NATIONAL CONFESTIONARY EXPO TOUR #9

MAY 8 (MON) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via a Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. Free Movies and Drinks.

MAY 9 (TUE) CENTRAIR AIRPORT, AICHI CENTRAIR HOTEL
Arrive at Centrair Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities walk to the hotel connected to the Airport Terminal Building. After hotel check in, enjoy Holo-Holo at the Airport Terminal Building with many souvenir shops.

MAY 10 (WED) YOKKAICHI YOKKAICHI MIYAKO HOTEL
Visit the INAX Tile Museum built to convey the spirit of the manufacturing of the area which has a long history starting from the 12th Century. Discover the various attractive features of tiles and learn the history and technology of the world's ceramics culture. The miraculous space of magnificent decorative tiles is very unique and could never be experienced anywhere else in the world. Then visit the SCMAGLV & Railway Park, a railway museum where you can learn about the advances in Japanese High Speed Railways. See displays of 39 actual trains including historic steam locomotives, Shinkansen (Bullet Train) and the latest magnetic levitation trains (MAGLEV). These big train dioramas with miniature trains running through incredibly detailed recreations of towns is worth seeing. Then go to Nabana-no-Sato Flower Park, a huge flower garden with a variety of colorful flowers. Roses ans Spring Flowers are blooming this time of season. Later proceed to the hotel connected to a Shopping Center with Supermarket, Craft Supply Shop, 100 Yen Shop, etc. Enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

MAY 11 (THU) YOKKAICHI YOKKAICHI MIYAKO HOTEL
Proceed to Iga, one of two homelands of the legendary "Ninja". You will discover many secrets of the Iga-ryu Ninja at the Ninja Museum. It offers a glimpse into the life of the Ninja and their skills. Also see a real Ninja House with revolving walls, fake hall ways, trap doors, etc. and also watch a live Ninja Show. Later visit the Iga Kumihimo (Braiding) Museum. Iga Kumihimo is listed as a "National Traditional Craft and Local Specialty Product" in Iga. You will learn about the traditional skills of braiding handicrafts and see the beautiful and delicate hand-made braiding that can also be purchased. Then visit Yono Park where 15,000 azaleas grow wild in this huge park. If timing is right, the park will be filled with colorful azaleas. This is the "Best Azalea Viewing Spot" in the Kansai Region.

MAY 12 (FRI) ISE SHIMA HOTEL KINTETSU AQUAVILLA ISE SHIMA (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Seki-juku, an old post town designated as a National Historical District and the only remaining "Historical Inn District" along the Tokaido Road. 200 Ancient old settlement houses which flourished during the Edo Period (1603-1868) still remain in the town. Walking around this beautiful old town will make you feel as though you have traveled back to the Edo Period. Then proceed to the Kii Peninsula and visit the National Confectionary Exposition which is held only once in four years {Next in 2021 elsewhere}. The biggest sweets fair in Japan boasting 6,000 different items related to sweets and exhibitions of sugar-crafts with incredible intricate details, a gigantic scale model of the Tokaido and Ise Road will be on display. Also enjoy shopping for confectionaries from all over Japan. We will stay at a resort hotel with a stunning view of Ago Bay which is "One of the Most Beautiful Coastlines" in Japan. Enjoy a buffet dinner with many local seafood. Enjoy the Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Bath.

MAY 13 (SAT) ISE SHIMA HOTEL KINTETSU AQUAVILLA ISE SHIMA (ONSEN) ♨

Go to Ise Grand Shrine the "Largest and Most Revered Shrine in Japan". President Obama just visited here during the G7 Ise Shima Summit which took place in May 2016 While walking a path leading to the main building amid a dense forest of giant cryptomeria trees, you will feel the sacredness Japanese worshipers have felt since 1,300 years ago. Visit Okage Yokocho Shopping Alley in front of the shrine which creates an atmosphere of the Edo Period. You can experience the flavor of Ise's old shops, regional specialties, history, customs and people while strolling around the alley and shopping. Proceed to Ise Shima National Park boasting a variety of landscapes with its natural beauty. Visit the Mikimoto Pearl Island where Mikimoto Kokichi, became the first person to successfully cultivate pearls in 1893. The Pearl Museum provides detailed explanations about pearls and the cultivation of pearls. You can view and purchase a wide variety of pearl jewelry.

MAY 14 (SUN) KUSHIMOTO KUSHIMOTO ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
"World Heritage Site" Kumano Kodo is an "Ancient Buddhist Pilgrimage Road" running through the Kii Mountain Range which is known as "One of the Most Popular Spiritual Areas" in Japan. Visit the Kumano Kodo Center where the history and culture of sacred places and pilgrimage routes are effectively introduced by video, presenting replicas and pictures. Then head to Kushimoto to see the Hashikui Iwa Rocks {Rocks Like Bridge Piers}. Many sizes of over 40 strange shaped rocks are rising up in a row about half a mile from the coast toward the sea. Such a strange spectacle as if only bridge piles have been left is in Yoshino Kumano National Park and designated as a "National Natural Treasure". Our hotel is a seaside resort located in the southernmost part of Kii Peninsula. Enjoy Soaking and Relaxing in the Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Bath overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

MAY 15 (MON) KUSHIMOTO KUSHIMOTO ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Visit the "World's Largest Whale Museum" in Taiji. A 50ft Bowhead Whale is suspended from the ceiling and about 1,000 precious materials regarding the life of whales and whaling are displayed. An Aquarium, Sea Otter Museum, Whale Hunting Boat Museum, etc. are located around the museum. Later we will head to Nachi "One of Three Ancient Sanctuaries" in Kumano. If you wish you can take a short trail that is a part of the "Kumano-Kodo Old Pilgrimage Routes". For over 1,000 years Japanese people have made the arduous pilgrimage to Kumano. These pilgrims used a network of routes (Kumano Kodo). Walking ancient pilgrimage route is a fantastic way to experience the unique cultural landscape of Kumano's spiritual countryside. Visit "World Heritage Site" Nachi Waterfall Japan's Highest Waterfall with 400 feet drop. The harmony created by a great waterfall and mystic primeval forest is completely amazing. Enjoy the Onsen Hot Spring and Open Air Baths!

MAY 16 (TUE) NANKI TANABE HARVEST CLUB NANKI TANABE (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Kushimoto Marine Park, located in the southern-most point of Honshu (Main Island of Japan). Visit its Aquarium and Underwater Observation Tower. It is an excellent chance to have a close encounter with this rare and beautiful underwater world with Colorful Tropical Fishes, the World's Northern-most coral reef Ecosystem, etc. Then proceed to Shirahama (White Beach), which established a "goodwill sister beach relationship" with Waikiki Beach. We will visit some highlight sightseeing places of natural beauty in Shirahama. First see Engetsu Island, a particular rock isle with a full moon-like hole in the middle. Later visit Senjojiki Rock Plateau, a spacious horizontally multi-tiered rocks that look like "a Thousand Tatami Mats" as well as Sandanheki Cliffs (three-tiered wall), with 200ft high precipitous rock walls that drop away vertiginously into the sea . Also visit Heisogen Observatory, a refreshing park on the hill with a commanding view of Shirahama. Then go to our resort hotel which faces the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Hot Spring Bath with beautiful ocean view.

MAY 17 (WED) NANKI TANABE HARVEST CLUB NANKI TANABE (ONSEN) ♨

Go to Adventure World, a mega theme park with a Zoo, Aquarium and Amusement Park awarded as the #1 Popular Zoo and Aquarium in Japan by Trip Advisor in 2015. The main feature is Panda Land, where Giant Pandas are kept and shown. This is "One of Only 3 Places" where they have Giant Pandas in Japan! You will also see Lions, Giraffe, Cheetah, Zebra, etc. in Safari Land and fabulous Sea Lion and Dolphin Shows. Also see Chimpanzee, Hippopotamus, etc. up close. Then visit a Ume-boshi (Pickled Plum) Factory. This area is known as the place producing the "Best Ume-boshi in Japan". Kishu Ume-boshi is the most popular of its kind. Good chance to buy "World's Famous Kishu Ume-boshi" and taste different flavors of "Ume Sake" before purchasing it.

MAY 18 (THU) SAKAI, OSAKA HOTEL AGORA REGENCY SAKAI
Proceed to Yuasa, which claims to be the "Birthplace of Soy Sauce". Visit a Soy Sauce Factory to see the entire process of making local Shoyu and its history which started in 1881. Many varieties of their products can be purchased here. Later stop at Kuroshio Market to enjoy shopping for local specialties such as: Dried Ume, Ume Sake, etc. Also see a "Maguro Cutting Show" here. Next go to Kishiwada in Osaka to visit the Danjiri Festival Museum. This festival is considered to be "One of the Wildest and Roughest Festivals in Japan". We will watch a "Danjiri Festival video with vigorous visual sound" that gives you the sensation of the Festival with a "300 Year Old Tradition". Then proceed to Sakai and our hotel located close to the Train Station and Shopping Area. After hotel check in we will take you to "Holo-Holo" and Go Shopping.

MAY 19 (FRI) SAKAI, OSAKA HOTEL AGORA REGENCY SAKAI
Go to Kudoyama where Sanada Yukimura, the "Last Great Samurai" in the Warring States Period and his father Masayuki were exiled. Their story appeared in the TV Drama: "Sanada Maru". Visit Sanada-an Temple where Yukimura and Masayuki stayed 14 years after the "Battle of Sekigahara". The Sanada Museum holds spearhead, armor, etc. used by Yukimura. Later enjoy Shopping & Lunch at the AEON Shopping Mall before going back to the hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel it will be "FREE TIME" to continue Shopping, Packing, or just rest. SORRY! (LUNCH & DINNER Will Be At Your Own Expense) This Day.

MAY 20 (SAT) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}
At checkout time, our agents will come to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage’s to be checked-in down. Leave Hotel by bus to Kansai Int’l Airport to catch a International Flight in the Evening to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu, the same morning MAY 20 (SAT). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense.)
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NOMBIRI KII TOUR WITH NATIONAL CONFECTIONARY EXPO TOUR #9! Clients remaining back will be assisted in obtaining train, plane and hotel reservations. Members may return to Honolulu individually, but no later than 3 months from day of departure. Weekday returns will cost less per person. Please call our office for more details. MAHALO!

TOTAL LAND TOUR COST (13 DAYS)----------------- $ 4,050.00* + PLUS {ESTIMATED} AIRFARE: $ 1,000.00
TOTAL COST WITH AIR = $5,050.00
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD------------------$ 843.00* (¥7,668 YENS X 11 = ¥84,348 YENS)

{YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON ¥405,000 YENS}

*Based on ¥100 Yens to a U.S. Dollar Rate. Two Persons sharing a twin-bedded room. All meals except the last day LUNCH / DINNER and departure day LUNCH (DINNER on the Plane). All Tours as per itinerary and subject to changes.
$ 100.00 REQUIRED AT TIME OF RESERVATION

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE INC.
JAPAN TOUR ARRANGED AND GUIDED BY: YOKOHAMA TRAVEL INC. PH: (045) 311-1011 FAX: (045)311-1013
ITO BLDG. #502, 2-22-3 TSURUYA-CHO KANAGAWA-KU, YOKOHAMA, 221-0835 JAPAN
YEN/DOLLAR RATE GROUND TOUR ADJUSTMENT 45 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE OR EARLIER TOUR #9

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: APRIL 23, 2017 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 11:00 AM
PLACE: TO BE ANNOUNCED 
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL - CASUAL WEAR (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS)

TOUR CONDITIONS: 
ESTIMATED AIRFARE : AIRFARE COULD COST MORE OR LESS AT TIME OF TICKET PURCHASE WITH LAND TOUR .
{$225.00 Cancellation Fee charged by the airlines.} Minimum stay is 3-Days and maximum stay is 3 Months.

INCLUDES: All transportation included in the itinerary, all hotel accommodations, meals and all sightseeing listed, all transfer of passenger and baggage, souvenir picture and tour tax. DOES NOT INCLUDE: Individual expenses after termination of tour as stated in itinerary. Also, wine, liquor, mineral water, laundry and other items of personal nature, cost of obtaining passport and visa or other necessary documents.

BAGGAGE: Limited to (1) piece, 50 lbs. and (1) hand-carry.

RESPONSIBILITY: The tour organizer or any travel agencies involved, act only as agents for the passengers in regards to travel, sightseeing, hotel and meal arrangements, and other tour services. The organizer/agency will accept no responsibility or liability in respect of either person or property for any loss, damage, injury, accident, delay or irregularity, however, occasioned, sustained, or suffered in or during any journey, trip, or tour, or in carrying out of any arrangements booked by or through it.

If the agency becomes aware that a passenger has a special chronic health problem, the agency shall ensure that it is provided with a letter from the passenger’s personal physician stating the nature of such health problem and certifying that the passenger is physically fit to participate in the tour. Also, in our endeavor to ensure congenial membership, we reserve the right to refuse the application of anyone and / or to expel from the tour, members whose conduct is incompatible with the interests of the tour. Further, we reserve the right to refuse the application of any handicapped passenger if it is determined that such passenger would impede the schedule of the tour and greatly inconvenience the majority of tour members. However, if a handicapped passenger accepted for the tour requires any form of special assistance, he/she must be accompanied by a qualified helper who takes total responsibility for the handicapped passenger’s well being.

Baggage’s are at owner’s own risk. The right is reserved to make any necessary changes in tour if deemed advisable.

Also, the airlines and other transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time passengers are not on board their carriers concerned. The airline ticket and passage contract in use by the airlines concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and purchaser of the tour and/or passenger. The services of any IATA Carrier will be used as required. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

AIR SURCHARGE WAIVED FOR YEAR 2017: TOUR MEMBERS NOT PURCHASING THEIR AIRLINE TICKETS THROUGH TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC. WILL NOT BE ASSESSED A $225.00 PER PERSON SURCHARGE. BUT YOU MUST FIND YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION TO THE HOTEL. SAME GOES FOR DEPARTURES FROM JAPAN. YOU MUST FIND YOUR OWN WAY TO THE AIRPORT. THANK YOU!

TRAVEL HINTS:
TRAVEL ETIQUETTE: PLEASE NO SMOKING AND TO ROTATE SEATS ON BUSES. {BUS SEATING CHART WILL BE MADE}

FOOD REQUEST: If you cannot eat certain foods, please do not forget to turn in your request form, As soon as possible, so we may try to comply with your request.

PASSPORT PHOTOS: Free for our TOUR MEMBERS ONLY. Taken at the Tohoku Travel Service office @ 1741 Nuuanu Ave. 2ndFloor Hon. Hi.

TOUR CONDITIONS REMINDER: The ground tour is based on ¥100 Yens to a U.S. DOLLAR RATE. In case of any re-valuation, the price shall be adjusted accordingly at time of payment. See Yen Chart. The airfares are present rates and should the airfares be changed, adjustments will be made accordingly. The YEN RATE OF THE DAY will be used at time of payment. THANK YOU!

FINAL PAYMENT 45 days before departure:
Date: MARCH 25, 2017

LAND TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY:
45 DAYS - 40 DAYS -$ 50.00
39 DAYS – 30 DAYS - $100.00
29 DAYS – 15 DAYS - $300.00*
14 DAYS – 07 DAYS - $400.00*
06 DAYS – 01 DAY - $800.00*
NO REFUND ONCE TOUR STARTS.

TRAVEL INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

*MAY HAVE EXTRA CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR MIYAKO ODORI, TOKYO DISNEY SEA TICKETS, SHINKANSEN TICKET FEE, ETC. IF YEN WAS ALREADY PURCHASE TO PAY FOR THIS TOUR, THEN THE YEN EXCHANGE RATE AT TIME OF REFUND WILL AFFECT THE REFUND SINCE WE HAVE TO CONVERT THE YEN BACK TO U.S. DOLLARS AGAIN.